INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The superintendent of Noblesville Schools is citing the 2016 presidential election as the reason students are acting out and causing problems in the classroom.
“If they are just saying things out loud it is one thing, but if they are causing disruption to other students, that is no good,” said a parent.
In a letter sent to parents in the district, Superintendent Beth Niedermeyer writes, “Last week, like many other schools around the country, we saw a significant increase in student behavioral issues. Specifically, election rhetoric being used in a way that was inappropriate and disrespectful to other students.”
Mental health experts are not surprised that kids are talking about the election or using profanities and hurtful language that they have heard throughout the campaign in class. He says kids are soaking up all of the information they see, read and hear and bringing it to school.
“If it is peaceful and appropriate it is OK, but when it becomes violent and inappropriate with bad language then that is when we need to say no absolutely not,” said licensed mental health counselor Kimble Richardson.
The email sent to parents also blamed news coverage and social media and asks parents to be proactive with their students to help rise above the negativity and not bring it into the school.
“Kids pick up on parents behavior very quickly and easily. Pay attention to what you are saying, where you are saying it, and how you are doing it. These are teachable moments to get through to your kids,” said Richardson.
Superintendent Niedermeyer did not elaborate on what happened in each incident, but says they were handled on a case-by-case basis.